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Excited to Move-OUt?

moveout_2019 Well, we are! We understand how much of a hassle moving out is, therefore we provide locations on and off campus for you to get rid of things you don't need or want anymore. Instead of throwing your things in the trash, why not donate?  There will be food donation stations located on your first or ground floor of your dorm. When move-out dates come around, we will have donation stations set up outside for bigger objects. Wonder where we donate them? Click here to learn more about our initiative and more information on drop-off locations!


For those of you who live OFF-CAMPUS, no worries. There are many places in Athens where you can donate your items, inlcuding ReUse Industries, where you can donate your things and turn them into something special, and ReStore where will go to your house and pick up the donations for you. More information is on Campus Recycling's Move Out page.


RecycleMania 2019

week_8 Get ready, Bobcats, for Recyclemania 2019! This is an 8-week long nationwide competition against colleges and universities to see who can divert the most waste from their waste stream. In other words, this is a recycling war! Ohio University is a two-time National Gameday Challenge champions. We have finally reached the end of the event and have diverted in all 954,194 lbs of waste!  We are soon to submit our results and cross our fingers for first place! Regardless, we did well, bobcats. We did well.


NO Foods, NO Bags, NO Liquids

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China recently stopped accepting plastic products from other countries, creating a global plastic crisis. Athens Hocking Recycling Center can no longer accept plastic bags and film plastics as a recycled product. In order to lessen the usage of plastic bags, Campus Recycling is asking for the public to stop using plastic bags and start bring your own bags. Click here to learn more about Campus Recycling's new initiative. 

Be smart and reuse, reduce, recycle. 


Easier than Ever: 

Mixed Recycling: Ohio University and Athens City have gone Single-stream -- a newer and more efficient method than previous practices. All clean paper, cardboard, cartons, glass bottles and jars, metal cans, aluminum foil, and #1 through #7 plastics including plastic bags are now recycled together in a single container!  Learn more

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80% Sustainability Goal

Ohio University has set a goal of recycling 80% of all waste generated. Campus Recycling is responsible for maintaining, monitoring, troubleshooting and upgrading the recycling and solid waste at all campus buildings and grounds areas. Within these areas are 4,000 recycling units in residence halls consisting of 16,000 bins; 350 bins in apartments; and recycling containers in all offices and other areas in academic, administrative and support areas.